As reported on the ODE website:
An integral part of the ODE instructional concept is to expose students to experiences that enable individual learning and growth. These experiences are intended to inspire awareness of cultures in surrounding communities and around the world.
With that objective in mind, ODE instructors organized a visit to the Hispanic Flamenco Ballet which performed in Texarkana and Little Rock. This show tours internationally and takes its spectators on a dancing tour of the most important cultures in Latin America. Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, The Dominican Republic, Cuba and Puerto Rico are among the countries represented through various dances on stage. Prior to each dance, the audience is introduced to cultural and historical information with reference to each dance being presented. Preceding the presentation of the Tango, for instance, a historical background regarding the creation of Tango was provided.
According to the students, this was a great experience that helped in learning about other cultures’ history and customs. As Christina Howard, one of the students from Spring Hill, explained, “I really enjoyed the different dances. I liked how the songs were upbeat and energetic. I learned how different countries have different dancing styles. Performers were enjoyable to watch!”
Furthermore, at the end of the show, students were invited to participate in some of the dancing styles; an activity that became one of the most interesting parts of the show. For Lilia England, another student from Spring Hill, this was one of the most exciting parts of the occasion; as she stated, “What I liked the most about the event was when the students got up on stage to dance.”
Undoubtedly, this experience was eye-opening and enriching for all of the students in their efforts to learn about other cultures. Shelby Purple, from Spring Hill, confirmed, “I loved the event! I want to see it again! I learned what dances go with which country! The dances were outstanding!”